Today's News

  • Pecos wins state XC championship

    Pecos' Julian Garcia crossed the finish line in 16:35, knowing he was a state champion. 

    Within moments, he knew his whole Panther team was a champion, too.

    Pecos placed the first three boys' runners in Saturday's Class 3A state cross country race, four of the top five, five of the top eight, six of the top 10, and seven of the top 17, easily out pointing runner-up Laguna Acoma. 

    The meet was hosted by Rio Rancho High.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions. 

  • Cowboys win second straight on gridiron

    Erasing a 19-0 halftime deficit, the New Mexico Highlands football team transformed turnovers into points in an inspired second half to beat Black Hills State 40-31 Saturday at Perkins Stadium. 

    It's the second win in a row for first-year head coach Jeff Mills and his Cowboys after an 0-8 start. 

    Highlands will close the season against defending NCAA Division II national champion CSU-Pueblo this coming Saturday at the Perk.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions. 

  • State XC: West boys, RHS girls top five

    West Las Vegas' boys and Robertson's girls both raced to top-five team finishes Saturday at the state cross country championship meet in Rio Rancho.

    It marks one of the most successful joint outcomes for Meadow City distance runners in the event.

    West's Miguel Coca, Kevin Villanueva and J.J. Esquibel placed eighth, ninth and 10th individually among Class 4A boys to lead the Dons to a fourth place team finish.

    Robertson's Makayla Quintana capped a memorable freshman season by finishing 10th in the 4A girls' race, leading the Lady Cardinals to fifth place as a team.

  • Rangerette volleyball wins district tournament

    Mora celebrated another district volleyball title Friday night, sweeping visiting McCurdy in three sets at Montoya Gym.

    The 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 win in the district tournament final gets the Rangerettes to 18-3 overall and a perfect 12-0 against district foes.

    Mora and coach Jacquelyn Sanchez await state tournament announcements on Sunday. The state tournament begins Thursday in Rio Rancho.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions.

  • Cards all alone atop district after Vegas Bowl

    Robertson clinched a District 2-4A football title outright on Saturday after shutting out West Las Vegas 51-0 before a bipartisan crowd at Cardinal Stadium.

    The Cardinals, who led 28-0 at halftime, finished the regular season 8-2 overall and 3-0 in district. The visiting Dons fell to 4-6 and 1-2.

    Both teams join others across New Mexico in waiting for the official announcement of state playoff brackets later in the day. Robertson is expected to earn a top-four seed and first-round bye. West is on the bubble but could also earn a playoff berth.

  • Dismal results

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    If you put any stock in the PARCC test being an accurate measure of student performance, then Las Vegas’ elementary and middle school students have a long road ahead of them.

    Only about a quarter of New Mexico students in grade 3 through 8 last year met proficiency or better benchmarks for reading and writing on new standardized tests, and less than 10 percent of the state’s eight-graders met expectations or better when it came to math, according to test results released late last month.

  • Hands across the Bridge
  • IRS fakes are at it again

    The message on the answering machine was ominous.

    “This is officially a final notice from the IRS,” the aggressive woman said in the message left last week. “The IRS is filing a lawsuit against you.”

    The woman urges the resident to call a telephone number immediately to resolve the situation.

  • U.S. employers added 271,000 jobs in October

    By Christopher S. Rugaber
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — U.S. hiring roared back in October after two weak months, with employers adding a robust 271,000 jobs and likely setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

    The unemployment rate dipped to a fresh seven-year low of 5 percent from 5.1 percent.

  • Vigil wants old job back

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil is applying to be appointed back to her old job.

    Vigil is one of nine people whose names have been mentioned for the position that Republican Dianna Duran vacated last month, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

    Vigil previously went by the name Rebecca Vigil-Giron and on Thursday said she felt qualified for the post because of her past experience.